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Sutta Discussion

On the fourth Sunday of the month, from 9:00 to 10:30 AM, the Vipassanā Saṅghā convenes a Sutta-based discussion on meditation practice in daily living. Open to all interested in the study of foundational Buddhist practice.

This activity is temporily on hold and will likely reconvene in the future through some form of Skype communications with our discussion leader, Bill Hill. Please check back for updates.

General Reference Materials:

Ānāpānasati Sutta

Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta (http://www NULL.ahandfulofleaves NULL.pdf)

The Path of Purification

The Progress of Insight (http://ahandfulofleaves NULL.files NULL.wordpress NULL.pdf) (Visuddhi Ñāṇa Kathā), First Edition (1965) translated by Nyanaponika Thera with the original Pāḷi text.

Concept and Reality in Early Buddhist Thought: An Essay on Papañca and Papañca-Saññā-Saṅkhā (http://www NULL.ahandfulofleaves NULL.pdf), by Bhikkhu Kaṭukurunde Ñāṇananda

Online Resources:

Access to Insight (http://www NULL.accesstoinsight A library of readings from Theravāda Buddhism

Sutta Central (http://suttacentral Early Buddhist texts, translations and parallels

More about Sutta Central here @ Sujato’s Blog (http://sujato NULL.wordpress

Resources (http://www NULL.ahandfulofleaves NULL.html) (A collection of books and articles by various authors on Buddhist and Indological studies)


Readings on pre-doctrinal Dependent Origination:

The Suttanipāta of the Khuddaka Nikāya contains some of the earliest discourses of the Buddha. The style of these suttas are free and straight-forward, often without the doctrinal structure we expect to find in the later Nikāyas.

Within this strata are exchanges between the Buddha and a range of interlocutors on questions of causality, and answers he gave that would later take form in what would be called ‘dependent origination’ (paṭiccasamupāda).

The actual term ‘paṭiccasamupāda’ is only given once in the Suttanipāta, and even then with brief explanation:

Evaṃ etaṃ yathābhūtaṃ kammaṃ passanti paṇḍitā, paṭiccasamuppādadasā kammavipākakovidā.

So it is that the wise, seeing action as it actually is, sees dependent origination and is proficient in the results of action.

— Sn. 3.9 [653] Vāseṭṭha Sutta

Brief though this description is, it reflects the direct approach taken in other parts of Sn. When the contemplative knows action (kamma/karma) as it actually is, its causal reality is also known, as are its results. With this knowledge the contemplative can be freed from unwholesome habits and be established on the path to peace.

Sutta reading for 11/24: Kalahavivādasuttaṃ – Discourse on Quarrels and Disputes (http://ahandfulofleaves NULL.files NULL.wordpress NULL.pdf)

Sutta reading for 12/22: Ajitamāṇavapucchā – Questions of the Youth Ajita (http://ahandfulofleaves NULL.files NULL.wordpress NULL.pdf)

Sutta reading for 01/26/14: Puṇṇakamāṇavapucchā – Questions of the Youth Puṇṇaka (http://ahandfulofleaves NULL.files NULL.wordpress NULL.pdf)

Notes for discussion: A note on the Puṇṇakamāṇavapucchā – Questions of the Youth Puṇṇaka (Suttanipāta 5.3) (http://ahandfulofleaves NULL.files NULL.wordpress NULL.pdf)